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Vanderbilt Rape Trial: Defendants Found Guilty on All Charges

Brandon Vandenburg, right, is seen in court on Jan. 27, 2015. Cory Batey, left, testifies in this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo. (Larry McCormack/AP Photo)
Brandon Vandenburg, right, is seen in court on Jan. 27, 2015. Cory Batey, left, testifies in this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo. (Larry McCormack/AP Photo)

 

(The Tennessean) – The rape happened in a span of 30 minutes. The case has been pending 19 months. The trial took 12 days. The jury deliberations took just a little more than 3 hours.

When the verdicts came in at 4:52 p.m. Tuesday, former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty in the rape of an unconscious woman in a dorm on June 23, 2013. The announcement took less than four minutes.

Batey, whose 21st birthday was Tuesday, did not visibly react. But his family members — his mother and uncles and cousins, who filled two rows of court benches — broke into sobs.

Vandenburg, 21, shook his head after the foreman read: “Count 1, we find Mr. Vandenburg guilty of aggravated rape.” His father, Rob Vandenburg, yelled out into the courtroom, later wiping his eyes with a scarf. “That is terrible,” he said. His grief nearly muted the foreman, who continued reading verdicts. All were guilty.

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